Pope Francis says hellfire does not exist, noting that sinful souls only disappear.
Africa News24 (AN24) understands that Pope Francis on was on Thursday quoted in an interview with an Italian daily, La Repubblica.
During the interview, the Pope said; “There is no hell where the souls of sinners suffer in eternity.”
The pope was interviewed by Eugenio Scalfari, a veteran Italian journalist and atheist.
Speaking further, the Pope said that; “after death, the souls of people who repent are pardoned by God and join in his contemplation.
“But those who do not repent, and therefore cannot be pardoned, disappear.
“Hell does not exist – what exists is the disappearance of sinful souls,” the Pope added.